I have been a secondary educator for 33 years. I was a high school math teacher for 15 years and a middle/high school administrator for 18 years.
Based upon my classroom and building level administrative experience, I believed I had a unique perspective about what young people need to be successful in life after high school.
However, my perspective has changed recently. After 10 years as the principal of Chesterton High School, I was offered the opportunity to move to the central office as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. It was a move that I welcomed; and, it was a move that created a paradigm shift for me.
The shift began because I didn’t and, to a large degree, don’t get to see students on a daily basis. For me, the best part about being in public education is seeing and interacting with students every day.
It has become very clear to me that a child’s preparation for post-secondary education and/or a career begins well before that student gets to high school. I came to this realization as a result of seeing students and teachers engaged in classroom activities at every grade level in each of our schools.
Every time I visit a classroom I see exciting activities involving students and their teachers. The creativity I frequently see throughout the district is heartwarming. Fun activities that encourage learning, such as students working on math and science concepts using Oreo cookies, open reading each week with parents, reading clubs that encourage friends and family to sit and read with children, and students creating and working on science projects.
The foundation for student success begins at home, well before students enroll in school. Be involved in your child’s schooling and help them be successful. Although it is never too late to become involved with your child’s education, I encourage you to start early.
This column solely represents the writer's opinion.